Payroll Processor Salary

Women account for the majority of Payroll Processors in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $16.11 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Though the majority of Payroll Processors do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,049 - $56,256
$30K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,577
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50%
90%

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$12.21 - $20.86
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.11
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$0$56K
Salary $30,049 - $56,256
Bonus $511 - $4,894
Total Pay (?
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$26,219 - $47,864
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 45
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.21 - $20.86
Overtime $18.08 - $33.66
Annual Data $0$47K
Bonus $511 - $4,894
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,219 - $47,864
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 149

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Job Description for Payroll Processor

Payroll processors process payroll information for employees within their organization, which may include a large number of employees at multiple locations. Duties include collecting, entering, and maintaining data for weekly or bi-weekly processing, recording data for accounting reports, conducting ACH processing for direct deposits and performing some clerical duties. A payroll processor generally works with several departments or colleagues to send and receive data, so they must be prepared to work within their office team and with clients.

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Payroll Processor Tasks

  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Processor


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There are some Payroll Processors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Payroll Processors, where earnings are an average $47K annually. Payroll Processors most often move into positions as Payroll Specialists or Payroll Administrators; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Processor


Survey results imply that Payroll Processors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 percent. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Processor

Pay by Experience for a Payroll Processor has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll Processor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 101 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll Processor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Payroll Processor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 46 salaries. A Payroll Processor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,150

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Payroll Processors, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Payroll Processors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cincinnati, 5 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Phoenix (3 percent less).

Payroll Processor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Payroll Processor?

Payroll Processor in Pasadena:
"Corporate Culture."
Pros: The people.
Cons: The lack of consistent pay rates.

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Key Stats for Payroll Processor

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Payroll Processor Salaries

▲14%

▲13%

▲2%

National Average
$36,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Payroll Processor Salaries



Payroll Tax Compliance
▲5%

National Average
$36,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 29%
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